Friday, December 4, 2009
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Still on the pumpkin kick! Well, it has been years since I have enjoyed the sweet flavor of the pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks. I remember, fondly, when it first came out. It was like heaven in a mug for me. The pumpkin, the spices, the coffee...nothing could be better. As things have changed for me throughout the years, I was deeply saddened to not be able to partake in this holiday treasure. I have resigned to sniffing the illustrators warm cup of holiday cheer. I know you start eating/drinking with your eyes, but the nose is definitely next in line! Every time he orders this, I take a huge sniff of it. He has to ask me quite a few times to return the cup to him!
Well, yesterday was a little different for me. The illustrator and I decided to give it a go at home. We decided to make some strong French press coffee instead of making espresso. Mostly for ease, but next time I think we will go the espresso route. Technically, not a latte, but pretty darn close!
I made a mixture of almond milk, pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin puree. I then microwaved it into it was nice and hot. I would like to see what steaming it with the espresso machine would do. This gives me a great excuse to have another one...soon!
After pouring the almond milk mixture into each mug, we then added the coffee.
We then enjoyed our pumpkin spice latte (coffee) together, the first one in years!

Pumpkin Spice Latte
serves 2

1 1/2 cups almond milk
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 TBSP pumpkin puree
4 scoops strong dark roast coffee
2 1/2 cups boiling water

Bring water to a boil. Add coffee grounds to French press and then add the boiling water. Let sit while making the pumpkin mixture.

Combine the almond milk, pumpkin pie spices and pumpkin puree in a microwave safe measuring cup. Microwave 2 minutes. Stir and microwave for another minute until mixture is hot and well blended.

Press coffee. Pour half the pumpkin mixture into each mug and then pour the coffee on top.

I added 4 drops of Nu Naturals Stevia Extract into mine. (a review coming soon)

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 9:32 AM  
  • At December 7, 2009 at 9:34 PM, Anonymous Ameena said…

    Your site is so cute, I love the milk theme! I too have lactose issues so I feel your pain.

  • At December 8, 2009 at 5:01 PM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said…

    Thank you Ameena! I really appreciate the compliment and it is nice to know that there are others out there that can relate!

  • At September 23, 2010 at 12:51 PM, Blogger Unknown said…


    I found this post and I wanted to make a suggestion to you to improve the taste of your French Press Coffee. Adding boiling water to the coffee grounds actually slightly burns the coffee. Instead, you would want to boil your water and wait 30 seconds for it to cool to an acceptable temperature. Also, you can put boiling water in your French press to "preheat" it before you add the grounds and water. This ensures a more constant temperature while brewing. Thank you for this recipe. I just used it! I posted the link to the Peet's side below so you can learn more!

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